Louisiana Spring Shrimp Season Set To Open

Release Date: 05/02/2013

May 2, 2013 – The dates for the 2013 Louisiana spring shrimp season were announced at today’s meeting of the Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries Commission. The spring shrimp season was set based on information provided by Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries biologists and on public comments.

The opening dates for the 2013 Louisiana shrimp season are as follows:

1. That portion of state inside waters from the eastern shore of Bayou Lafourche westward to the western shore of Vermilion Bay and Southwest Pass at Marsh Island, and that portion of state outside waters extending 3 nautical miles seaward from the shoreline from the Atchafalaya River Ship Channel at Eugene Island as delineated by the Channel red buoy line westward to the to the western shore of Freshwater Bayou Canal at 92 degrees 18 minutes 33 seconds west longitude to open at 6 a.m. May 13

2.  That portion of state inside waters from the eastern shore of South Pass of the Mississippi River westward to the eastern shore of Bayou Lafourche to open at 6 a.m. May 20

3.  That portion of state inside waters from the Mississippi/Louisiana state line southward to the eastern shore of South Pass of the Mississippi River to open at 6 a.m. May 27

4.  That portion of state inside waters from the western shore of Vermilion Bay and Southwest Pass at Marsh Island westward to the Louisiana/Texas state line to the western shore of Freshwater Bayou to open at 6 a.m. May 27

For a map detailing these openings please click here:

LDWF biologists monitored water conditions and conducted approximately 550 trawl samples throughout the state’s estuarine and nearshore waters over the last five weeks to develop management recommendations for the spring shrimp season opening dates.   The Department provided projections of the dates when a minimum of 50 percent of the inshore brown shrimp population would reach 100 count per pound or larger.

The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries is charged with managing and protecting Louisiana’s abundant resources.  For more information, visit us at www.wlf.louisiana.gov on Facebook at www.facebook.com/ldwffb or follow us on Twitter @LDWF.

For press inquiries please contact Laura Wooderson at lwooderson@wlf.la.gov or (504)430-2623.

 

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